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and public investment and all of us, i think that's a winning way of framing it. >> cenk: you're definitely right about that, there's no question about that. the question is the guy in the white house is not going to frame it that way. if my prediction is right and we'll go to the upper end of it and say the marge national tax rate gets moved up. is that a good deal for a bad deal? >> it's a bad deal, because remember the clinton highest marginal tax rates on dual filers 39.6% that is still historically very, very low. i mean, before 1980, the highest marge national tax rate was 71% under eisenhower, 91%. even if you consider all of the tax deductions that the wealthy took in those years. the effective tax rate on the highest income people was still about 55%. much higher than the 39% under bill clinton. did the economy suffer? no! we did very well in the 1950's and 1960's. we actually had an economy that worked for everybody. the rich did not take home 24% of total income. they took home about 9% of total income, even before taxes. what we need to do as a country is understand that we had
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